Skip to comments.Texans fight turnover of lands to build border wall
Posted on 12/09/2019 3:59:02 PM PST by BeauBo
President Donald Trump aims to build (has already ready funded) 166 miles of border barrier in Texas...
Land acquisition in the Rio Grande Valley is about to enter a new phase this week, as U.S. attorneys began filing initial petitions in court while making cash offers to property owners, according to Justice Department officials with knowledge of the process.
On Friday, the federal government filed its first land acquisition case to condemn nearly 13 acres of private property in the Rio Grande Valley, a parcel near the river levee in Hidalgo County. The owner was offered $93,449 in compensation for the land.
As the government pushes to accelerate construction of what Trump has promised will be a total of 500 miles of new barrier by the end of 2020.
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It is show time for the property disputes.
Expect deep pocketed Leftist organizations, like Soros, to finance the legal bills of those opposing and even pay them off to not sell. The media will portray eminent domain acquisitions as an evil administration bullying poor land owners to satisfy Trump’s fantasy.
The US already owns a 60 foot easement along the entire border per a federal law signed by T. Roosevelt in 1907.
This is actually a constitutional use of eminent domain.
“The US already owns a 60 foot easement along the entire border”
That does not cover the 1,250 miles of border that sits in the middle of the Rio Grande - Only California, Arizona and New Mexico.
It is one of several reasons why there is so little pre-existing barrier to replace in Texas.
About 400 private landowners must be settled with in 100 miles funded for the Rio Grande Valley, and about 1,000 in total, for all the places in Texas where the plan calls for barrier.
“The owner was offered $93,449 in compensation for the land. “
Appears, on the surface, to be a fair price for 13 acres in Texas river bank.
The reason many of these landowners are resisting is because they don’t want a barrier between their property and Mexico. The cartels pay them well for access.
“The US already owns a 60 foot easement along the entire border per a federal law signed by T. Roosevelt in 1907.”
I would appreciate it if you could arm me with a citation for that.
Don’t kid yourselves. Corruption doesn’t stop at the border. Most landowners near the border are good guys, but there are a few that have sympathies with the other side, and are well paid to not look out the front window sometimes.
Talk to any Border Patrol man down there and you’ll hear stories. The USBP has a right to patrol on ranches down there, but they do not have a right to have a horse, an ATV, a Jeep or a Truck. Some landowners forbid anything but an agent on foot as a way to help the bad guys. Some of those places are damned big, and some of the owners last names end in Z.
Add to that:
McNamara stressed that Congress would be key to any claim of eminent domain.
Theres obviously a debate about whether Congress has authorized the emergency use of funds to construct the wall, but in the context of eminent domain, the courts have been clear that uncertainty about whether Congress has authorized eminent domain has to be resolved in favor of the property owner, not in favor of the government, he said.
Settled in favor of the landowner? That would be news to Susette Kelo.
they should be carful, in a land dispute with an old woman who refused to sell her tiny little house to Trump so he could build his casino in Atlantic City, he just built the casino with a notch in it that went around her house.
Actually thats a true story but it wasnt Trump, it was the playboy casino. But Trump bought that for pennies on the dollar when Playboy was struggling and people began attributing that story to Trump because it seemed like something hed do. I wouldnt be surprised if he was the one who kept the story alive.
Watch and see.
Simple solution. Build our wall on their northern property line.
How do water rights figure into this situation?
I know about what circumstances you are injecting here. What I posted is directly about Trumps declared emergency border wall” and Congress.
Trump often says: Well see what happens.
Yeah, stop injecting, LOL!
That would help make Mexico pay for it.
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